Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

Aug. 19th, 1955
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 9

Peter Gallagher's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Covert Affairs TV Show
Covert Affairs
The O.C. TV Show
The O.C.
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
The Secret Lives of Men TV Show
The Secret Lives of Men
Skag TV Show
Contest Searchlight TV Show
Contest Searchlight

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Hello, My Name is Doris
2012 - Step Up Revolution
2010 - GasHole
2009 - The War Boys
2008 - Center Stage: Turn It Up
2003 - How to Deal
2002 - Mr. Deeds
2001 - Protection
2001 - Perfume
2000 - Center Stage
1999 - American Beauty
1999 - House on Haunted Hill
1999 - House on Haunted Hill
1998 - Johnny Skidmarks
1997 - The Man Who Knew Too Little
1996 - Last Dance
1996 - To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
1995 - While You Were Sleeping
1994 - The Hudsucker Proxy
1993 - Short Cuts
1993 - Malice
1992 - Bob Roberts
1992 - The Player
1991 - Late for Dinner
1990 - Tune in Tomorrow...
1988 - High Spirits
1985 - Dreamchild
1982 - Summer Lovers
1980 - The Idolmaker

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Deputy Chief William Dodds
Dean Stacy Koons
Father Phil
Ethan Carver
Douglas Goldstein (Voiced)
Phil Grey
[Complete List]


Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is an American actor, musician and writer. Since 1980, Gallagher has played roles in numerous Hollywood films. He starred as Sandy Cohen in the television drama series The O.C. from 2003 to 2007. He currently appears in a recurring role on the USA Network drama Covert Affairs, as CIA Clandestine Services Director Arthur Campbell.

Born in New York City, New York. His mother, Mary Ann (née O'Shea), was a bacteriologist, and his father, Thomas Francis Gallagher Jr., was an advertising executive. He is the youngest of their three children. His brother is Paul Killian Gallagher and his sister is Joan Killian Gallagher. He is of Irish Catholic background and was raised in Armonk, New York where he graduated from Byram Hills High School. Gallagher graduated from Tufts University, where he had been active in theater, appearing in such shows as Stephen Sondheim's Company and singing with the all-male a cappella group the Beelzebubs.

In 1986, Gallagher earned a Tony Award nomination for his highly-acclaimed performance opposite Jack Lemmon in Long Day's Journey Into Night.

His feature films in 1980, was with Taylor Hackford's The Idolmaker. Many roles followed, including memorable collaborations with Steven Soderbergh, Sam Mendes, Joel and Ethan Coen, and performances in three of Robert Altman's most acclaimed films: The Player, Short Cuts and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.

On television, Gallagher has a recurring role opposite David Duchovny on Showtime's hit Californication. His other television work includes the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan, An Inconvenient Woman, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Cupid and Cate, Brave New World" and the series The Secret Lives of Men. For PBS, Gallagher starred in Guys and Dolls: Off The Record, which documented the recording of the cast album, an English television production of The Big Knife by Clifford Odets, Private Contentment by Reynolds Price, Peter Seller's silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez and Oxygen's A Tale of Two Wives and the Lifetime miniseries The Gathering opposite Peter Fonda and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Gallagher completed production on Steven Antin's Burlesque, which co-stars 'Cher', 'Christina Aguilera', 'Eric Dane', 'Julianne Hough' and 'Alan Cumming'. He will next be seen in Tony Goldwyn's Betty Ann Waters, with 'Hilary Swank', 'Sam Rockwell', 'Juliette Lewis'. He appeared in the independent features The War Boys directed by Ron Daniels and Max Mayer's Sundance favorite Adam, co-starring 'Hugh Dancy', 'Amy Irving' and 'Rose Byrne'.

Gallagher teamed with director Steven Soderbergh twice, first on the groundbreaking independent feature, Sex, Lies and Videotape, which earned both Soderbergh and Gallagher international critical-acclaim. Six years later, Soderbergh wrote the lead role in The Underneath for Gallagher.

Additional film credits include Dreamchild, Bob Roberts, Watch It, The Hudsucker Proxy, While You Were Sleeping, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Cafe Society, Johnny Skidmarks, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Center Stage, Center Stage: Turn It Up, Mr. Deeds, How To Deal and the Academy Award-winning American Beauty.

In November 2005, Epic Records released Gallagher's album titled (7 Days in Memphis). The album is an assortment of cherished soul numbers from the Memphis Stax Era as well as newer songs done in the Memphis Soul sound.

Gallagher is active in many charities, which include the Alzheimer's Association, Actors Fund, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, The Help Group and the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers.

Gallagher is married to Paula Wildash and has two children, James and Kathryn. They reside in both Los Angeles and New York.

  • Despite having the same last name, all being musically talented, and all having the trademark "Gallagher eyebrows," he is not related to 'Liam Gallagher' (qv) or 'Noel Gallagher (II)' (qv) from British rock-group 'Oasis (II)' (qv).
  • Was nominated for the 1986 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Long Day's Journey into Night".
  • Attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York
  • Is an avid golfer.
  • 1973-77: Attended Tufts University. He sang in a group called the Beelzebubs, which is a "mini rock choir" (a capella group) at Tufts.
  • Son Jamey Gallagher (born 1990) and daughter Kathryn Gallagher (born 1993).
  • 2004: Attended the Best In Drag Show in Los Angeles which raised $150,000 for AIDS afflicted. The show's producer/director was Tom Perdoe.
  • Was a considered for the role of Ethan in _Supergirl (1984)_ (qv).

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